space tourism

  • SpaceX gets closer to its first re-use of a recovered Falcon 9 rocket

    SpaceX gets closer to its first re-use of a recovered Falcon 9 rocket

    SpaceX just shared some promising news for those eager to see the private space company achieve its goal of re-flying a rocket it recovered from an earlier mission: It has succeeded in running a static test firing of a recovered Falcon 9 first-stage, a key step towards actually using the rocket component again in another mission for an actual paying customer. The company tweeted a photo of… Read More

  • Blue Origin conducts in-flight escape test and unexpectedly lands rocket for a fifth time

    Blue Origin conducts in-flight escape test and unexpectedly lands rocket for a fifth time

    Today’s Blue Origin flight was a unique one. Upon testing their rocket’s in-flight escape system (a means of bringing passengers to safety if something were to happen during launch), Jeff Bezos’ rocket company ended up with a safely recovered crew capsule and an unexpectedly intact New Shepard rocket. The company had considerably downplayed the odds of successfully… Read More

  • Jeff Bezos announces Blue Origin’s first orbital rocket, the New Glenn

    Jeff Bezos announces Blue Origin’s first orbital rocket, the New Glenn

    Early this morning, Jeff Bezos revealed plans for the next Blue Origin rocket, the New Glenn. Unlike their New Shepard rocket, which is only capable of up-and-down suborbital launches, New Glenn will be the company’s first rocket capable of bringing payloads and humans into orbit around the Earth. Similar to New Shepard, New Glenn is designed with a recoverable booster and is intended… Read More

  • Blue Origin breaks ground on new facility to develop orbital rockets

    Blue Origin breaks ground on new facility to develop orbital rockets

    In an email to Blue Origin fans this morning, founder Jeff Bezos announced that the company broke ground on their orbital vehicle manufacturing site in Florida. At 750,000 square feet, the new custom-built facility is designed to be large enough to accommodate manufacturing, processing, integration, and testing of orbital rockets. To put that size in perspective, SpaceX’s rocket facility… Read More

  • Blue Origin launches, lands the same rocket for the fourth time

    Blue Origin launches, lands the same rocket for the fourth time

    Blue Origin has successfully completed the fourth launch and landing of their New Shepard rocket and crew capsule. With another nominal flight test, Jeff Bezos’ rocket company is marching toward their goal of becoming the first private company to send tourists into space. And along the way, they’re perfecting the ability to reuse suborbital rockets over and over again – a… Read More

  • Blue Origin continues successful, record-setting year with another NASA contract

    Blue Origin continues successful, record-setting year with another NASA contract

    Blue Origin, the rocket company started by Jeff Bezos, has partnered with NASA to fly and test technology payloads on suborbital flights with the New Shepard launch vehicle. Bezos’ company is the sixth partner that NASA has selected through the Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicle Flight and Payload Integration Services program. Blue Origin will compete with the other companies… Read More

  • Bigelow Aerospace partners with ULA to launch private space habitats

    Bigelow Aerospace partners with ULA to launch private space habitats

    Through a new partnership announced this week, United Launch Alliance (ULA) will work with Bigelow Aerospace to launch a large inflatable habitat on an Atlas V rocket in 2020. The size of the habitat will be based off of Bigelow’s B330 module, which is named for its total expanded volume of 330 cubic meters. The announcement comes shortly after Bigelow Aerospace had their smaller… Read More

  • Blue Origin releases video from third launch and landing of New Shepard

    Blue Origin releases video from third launch and landing of New Shepard

    Remember when Blue Origin made history by vertically landing a rocket after launching it into space? Remember when they reused that same rocket and then landed it again? Well, today Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, once again, launched that very same New Shepard rocket and successfully landed it for a third time. At 11:28 AM EST, Bezos announced the successful landing of the New… Read More

  • Virgin Galactic Unveils New SpaceShipTwo, The VSS Unity

    Virgin Galactic Unveils New SpaceShipTwo, The VSS Unity

    Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic unveiled its new SpaceShipTwo rocket plane today. This is the latest version the company has revealed to the public since their deadly crash during a test flight with the previous version. In a tweet, Virgin Galactic specified that the new vessel , the VSS Unity, was actually named by Stephen Hawking who also expressed enthusiasm for the future of… Read More

  • Blue Origin Launches and Lands Recovered Rocket

    Blue Origin Launches and Lands Recovered Rocket

    Without any notice, Blue Origin made history once again when they completed a successful launch and landing of a suborbital rocket yesterday. What made this flight particularly notable was that they used the same rocket that had been launched into space on a flight in November. The recovered New Shepard rocket launched from Blue Origin’s test site in West Texas, brought a capsule to… Read More